The Derision of the Father | Psalm 2:4–6
“4 He who sits in the heavens laughs;
the Lord holds them in derision.
5 Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
and terrify them in his fury, saying,
6 ‘As for me, I have set my King
on Zion, my holy hill.’ ”
Plots and schemes of men move forward (vv. 1–3), but the Father now responds. He meets them not with mirth but with scornful laughter; He “holds them in derision.” Ps 37:13 says that “the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he sees that his day is coming.” Despite the machinations of man, God remains seated and meets His enemies with sarcasm.
When the Lord finishes laughing, He speaks, and a holy wrath behind His words terrifies all mankind. God doesn’t ignore iniquity in His laughter; He doesn’t wink at sin. However, though He’s angry with the wicked (Ps 7:11), He never loses control. They rage, but He speaks.
He contradicts the sinners of v. 3 by saying “I have set my King.” They want to break free from the God’s control, but He establishes more control. He speaks first of His rule through David; the nations may rage, and the people plot against their king, but His established rule won’t be moved. However, there’s no king or sacrifice taking place in Israel today (cf. Hos 3:4), so God also speaks of the coming King ruling the nations with a rod of iron (v. 9; Rv 19:15), stating it as a certain, present reality.
We, like Israel, need to learn submission. Worldly rulers—even unjust, unrighteous ones—are part of God’s current control. Romans 13:1 says, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities,” for they are God’s servant “for your good” and avengers who carry out “God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.” This is true regardless of their desire to be, and we must live accordingly.
We also look forward to the kingdom where Christ sits enthroned. This world is fleeting, but Christians suffer because sinners seek to throw off all semblance of God’s control. Yet, soon enough, Christ will descend from heaven and plant His foot on Zion (Zech 14:4). We’ll hear the trumpet blast and the voices proclaim, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever” (Rv 11:15). Come quickly, Lord Jesus!